Coby Bell joins cast of FX’s X-Men series

FOX Network’s currently untitled X-Men series has managed to keep some of its particulars under wraps (including its title), but the casting announcements have been flooding in all month, giving us tiny snippets at the overall narrative.

We know the series will involve parents Reed and Kate Stewart (played by True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Person of Interest‘s Amy Acker) who discover their children, one of whom is being portrayed by Natalie Alyn Lind (GothamThe Goldbergs), are mutants; so they go on the run from the government and their mutant-tracking Sentinels by linking up with a mutant underground led by a man named Sam (Blair Redford – Switched at Birth). Emma Dumont (Inherent Vice) and Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) are set to appear as comics characters Polaris and Blink respectively, while Sean Teale (Incorporated) has been cast as Eclipse, an original character created specifically for the show.

It seems the current castings all lean towards the mutant side of things, but that’s changed with the addition of Coby Bell (Burn Notice, The Game), who has joined the series as a a man named Jace Turner, reuniting him with showrunner Matt Nix, whom he worked with on Burn Notice.

Here’s a description for the character:

“A weathered man who quietly wrestles with the moral ambiguities of a job that regularly requires cold-blooded, calculating efficiency on a day-to-day basis.”

From that, it sounds like Turner who works for the government tracking down and capturing/killing mutants….a job he seems to be having some moral qualms about. I’m already calling he will switch sides at some point and start working with the mutant underground.

With the studio’s other X-Men based TV show Legion receiving positive praise over on FX and Logan killing it at the box office, I’d imagine they’d want to get this series shot and ready for premiere as soon as possible.

Bryan Singer, who has produced most of the film franchise and helmed X-Men, X2: X-Men UnitedX-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse will be directing the pilot.


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